In-State Target Dudek Visits

Nequa Valley's Mike Dudek is one of the fastest junior receivers in the state. So it's no wonder that the Illini are targeting him in 2014.

Mike Dudek was one of the more impressive players to come through the Illinois summer camps a couple months ago. The slot receiver returned to Champaign to see the Illini throttle Charleston Southern on Saturday.

"I wanted to check out more about Illinois," he said. "I already know a lot about them. I grew up in Chicago so it's pretty close. I just want to see how they play."

Dudek is a versatile receiver who does most of his damage from the slot position. He thinks the Illinois offense would be an easy one for him to transition into.

"I fit in the spread," Dudek said. "I play the slot, so it's perfect for me. We run spread and pro (at my high school) so we do a little of both."

Aside from Illinois, Dudek is also hearing from the likes of Indiana, Wisconsin, and Purdue. Still, it's clear that he would like an offer from the in-state program

"Hopefully an offer comes soon, but I'm not really sure," He said regarding Illinois. "The camp this summer was awesome. I ran some good 40-times, some good shuttle times, met all the coaches, liked them a ton. It's definitely one of my top schools right now."

Illinois may have had an advantage coming in, though. The Illini have always been a favorite team of Dudek growing up.

"I've followed Illinois football my whole life," said Dudek. "It's definitely one of my dream schools to play at. I just like the tradition. They're my favorite staff I've met so far. They're all great guys. I enjoy talking to them."

A pair of Illinois coaches has been after him so far in Coach Mike Ward and Coach Billy Gonzales.

"Coach Ward has sent me some letters and we've talked through Facebook and all that," he said. "I talked to Coach Gonzales before the game and I'm going to talk to him again after, but nothing too serious yet from him."

In the mean time, Dudek's Nequa Valley team is off to a fast start. He does have one game down the road in his sights, though.

"The season is going well," he said. "We're 4-0 right now, just getting started. Waubonsie Valley is our rival. Both of us are 4-0 right now and we meet them in week 7. Hopefully we're both 6-0 and it'll be a great game."

After that, Dudek will get to work on his recruitment because, like many, he doesn't want it to be a distraction heading into his senior season.

"I'd like to make a decision before the start of my senior season," he said. "I'm not really looking at official visits yet, but I have visits to Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt coming up."

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